Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Picked for You: 2.17 Carat G Color SI1 Clarity Premium Cut Round Cut Diamond

SI clarity diamonds like this one are bargain opportunties; that is if the diamond looks good without magnification.

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Shape: Round

Carat weight: 2.17

Cut: Premium

Color: G

Clarity: SI1

Price: $20800

Certificate: GIA

Depth: 62.1%

Table: 55.0%

Polish: Good

Symmetry: Very Good

Girdle: VT MED

Culet: None

Fluorescence: None

Measurements: 8.21*8.31*5.14

Item number: 1337933

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SI is short for for Slightly Included; that means that this SI1 stone has inclusions that are definitely visible at 10 x magnification and may often be visible to the naked eye, but which provide the opportunity for significant price discounts if they are not. In analyzing the $20800 price for this diamond, put in some thought into whether any of the property qualities are excessive for your needs. If you are looking at this diamond and considering whether to improve other characteristics of the diamond which don't affect size, think about downgrading the 2.17 carat weight of this diamond. Most consumers won't see the color in this G color diamond, except if the stone is held up against a higher color grade diamond (something to think about if you're going for a 3 stone ring).

The cut rating of this diamond (Premium) has it right inbetween cut quality and cheapness of diamond. Pay attention to this diamond's girdle description - "VT MED" - if you're unsure about girdles, try reading my girdle thickness article.